Then I decide what I’m going to fix for breakfast. I never used to eat a nutritious breakfast, but now I do. My favorite is a fruit or kale smoothie.
After I take my son to school, I head to the gym. I work out at the YMCA at least three days each week. Finding time to work out used to be a struggle. Now I make exercising a top priority and plan my day around it. On the days when I don’t go to the gym I do yoga at home or walk in the neighborhood.
When I return, I select a card from my angel deck and write about it in my journal if I feel I’m channeling something important for my life or career. Then I work on computer until it’s time to pick up my son at 2:30 pm.
After dinner, I go back to work online for a few hours with my coaching clients. I’m always reading and try to read a little in bed before I fall asleep around 10:00 pm.
Did I mention my cats? They’ve taught me a lot about the importance of self-care. They’re so silly and playful. I love that about them. One thinks he’s a dog. He drops his toy at my feet, I throw it, and he leaps after it, bringing it back to me. He always makes me laugh.
Throughout the day I try to be mindful of my body. It’s too easy to live on autopilot. I don’t want to do that anymore. As an abuse survivor, I know how important it is to be aware of what I’m thinking and feeling and “who” is in charge: my wounded child or my loving adult.
Learning how to love myself by finding a way to integrate a daily self-care routine into my busy life has been an interesting journey. As I slowly become comfortable with it, I find I want to do more and more for myself. In many ways I feel like I’m finally falling in love with “me.”
Hey, it’s about time, right?
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